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Memorial Day weekend [May. 30th, 2004|06:30 pm]
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Three and a half steady hours of gardening this afternoon. I got the main bed in the front straightened up (it was rather a mess), weeded pretty much all around, and we began the process of mulching. 10 bags of mulch later, we were about 1/4 of the way through. Tomorrow we will be going back for 15 more. That might do it, but we might still have to make a third trip.

As I worked steadily through the job, I thought about what a pleasure it is to have the right tools for the task. I had to make a repair to a tool and could fetch the 7/16" wrench necessary for the job from the basement, rather than attempting to make do with a pair of pliers. I don't have specialty tools, but I do have a set of everything necessary for day-to-day living.

The garden has really come into its own this year, even as we continue to add to it here and there. It is so mature-looking now that it's hard to fathom that this is only Memorial Day weekend and the whole summer is still ahead of us.

I'm a bit stiff and more than a bit smelly. Off to a hot bath with a book in hand, and then my sister should be here this evening and we'll watch a movie and hang out. Simple pleasures, but most welcome.

[User Picture]From: veiledpaperdoll
2004-05-30 10:59 pm (UTC)
what a difference a few days makes huh?
i'm so glad to see that things are looking up and the garden is flourishing to boot.

ur lj is always such a kick to read. you remind me that life ebbs and flows.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-31 03:18 pm (UTC)
The garden looks great. I love it.

And, thanks. While I have a lot of Friends, I do tend to write if for myself, so there will be the ups and downs of life.

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From: jendurrfukt
2004-05-30 11:30 pm (UTC)
glad you're having a pleasant holiday weekend. Enjoy the time with your sister.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-31 03:19 pm (UTC)
She got here late, we started to watch a movie, and she crashed. Still, it was nice seeing her.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2004-05-31 12:37 am (UTC)
Having the right tools makes everything go SO much faster. One of these days I WILL get around into finding a better tote for keeping mine in. I picked them up one at a time for various things, and they're all crammed into a canvas tote bag, so it's impossible to find anything! I keep meaning to make a little toolbox so it's organized, but I just never get around to it...

I want more pictures of the garden! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-31 12:55 am (UTC)
I was thinking today that we definitely need more garden pics. I will try and induce the weasely one to whip out the digital camera, once it stops raining again.

(Not that I mind the rain - I was going to have to water if it didn't rain tonight and the plants do so much better with rain water.)
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2004-05-31 11:45 am (UTC)
I envy you your garden (and the hard work, it really makes you feel like you've earned that spot on the swing!) - more pictures, please! We've taken to rinsing the mop bucket to get the chemicals out and then leaving it out when it rains. Collected rainwater goes into house plants as well as other outdoor plants when it's not raining. Have fun with your sis! :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-31 03:14 pm (UTC)
I am toying with the idea of getting a rainbarrel to place at the bottom of the garage downspout. The one from the house goes into teh stormdrains, but the one fro the garage was never hooks up that way and as a consequence drains back onto the garage floor. There isn't a lot of space for it,, though...

And the garden is wonderful. It makes me really happy. I will bug Ferrett about getting more pictures up, once we finish re-mulching.
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[User Picture]From: usmu
2004-06-01 02:39 pm (UTC)
I thought about what a pleasure it is to have the right tools for the task.

My father's motto: I don't have money but do have good tools. Good tools save so much time and aggravation, it's well worth investing in. Specially since good tools last longer anyway.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-01 02:44 pm (UTC)
One of the woes of divorce is splitting things up. I didn't get the tools, but I set about replacing them immediately.
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